I was so disappointed after the movie was finished… And that feeling was enhanced by that awesome first part of the movie. Bleak, post-apocalyptic world, where there is no religion and every man fights for himself. Ahh the memories of days in front of Fallout are starting to come back, but then a total destruction of the story and the characters… It feels like when someone barges into your room just about the time you’re about to cum after a long and hard masturbation… The religious mumbo jumbo and the involvement of that cute female character is something that didn’t ruin the movie, but it damaged it significantly. The combination of gritty western vibe and post-apocalyptic extravaganza set the stage for what should be an epic story. Especially because the directors were Hughes brothers who made the iconic Menace 2 Society after which dabbling in horror with From Hell.

The visual effects and the action sequences were phenomenal and Denzel was a right choice for the role of Eli, but the story is plain old religious propaganda. The visuals along with a really good pacing covered up the lack of reasoning and futility of the main story. Glimpses of hope can be heard in Gary Oldman’s opinion about the bible, but this is not enough. So we have Eli, a post-apocalyptic survivor on mission to carry the good book to the San Francico, for some reason. On this journey he will make a quick stop in a town ruled by a ruthless criminal Carnegie (Gary Oldman) who is also seeking the good book. And there is also a sexy female willing to hang out with Eli. That’s about it in this post-apocalyptic western… I still cannot recover from a shock I just suffered, I know it’s only a movie… But a lame one…

Directors: Albert Hughes, Allen Hughes

Cast: Denzel Washington, Gary Oldman, Mila Kunis, Ray Stevenson, Jennifer Beals, Tom Waits

Fun Stuff: Denzel Washington performed all of his own stunts in the hand-to-hand fight sequences, he studied martial arts under Bruce Lee’s protégé Dan Inosanto.

IMDb Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1037705/

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  1. Floris

    *SPOILERS IN HERE* I have a prety similar taste, but i completely have to disagree on this one with you.. With all respect, to be honest, i find it a pretty dumb review. Makes me think you weren’t paying attention..:p I haven’t seen such a good post-apocalyptic movie in a very long time and ESPECIALLY the completely unique storie adds to that. The bible thing should be seen as a metaphor to hope.. The Oldman character wants to rule (like the pope nowadays) by having the bible and therefore giving people hope, which equals binding them to him so he will get powerful. (link to the past, with all the crusades and stuff) Pretty original if you ask me (not the stupid milking of worn out ideas as is the case so often), and with some imagination even very logic if you look at the total chaos the people live in.. Something should bind them and what is more binding than a religion??! Besides that, the cause of the apocalypse is quite logic too, with a huge nuclear war and a lot of blind people afterwards. So i think the story is very powerful!! Especialy if you find out that Washington was blind all the time and he knew all of the bible out of his head! Came as a roundhouse kick to the face for me..:p Thought there should come some plottwist, but couldn’t figure it out till the very last moment, which is good;) And then the whole surroundings, special effects and fight sequences which are all top notch!!! Almost Matrix alike.. Washington has never been this cool! And the fights are realy stylish, somethimes made me think of Sin City.. Kunis though should indeed have been left aside;) But hey, on the other hand, she does look good..:D Hope you watch it again and write somethin worthy, because i think hollywood should be stimulated to come up with these original things!;)
    Anyhow, keep up the good work!:D Like reading your stuff..;)

    Floris!

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  2. Zeka

    Well, first of as I said, the first part of the movie was awesome, and the whole vibe and feel of it was phenomenal, especially the scene with the rape, when I saw that he did not get involved I almost cried of happiness. A lot of this good vibe continues till the end, but I think that my review was hugely influenced by the Bible thing. In my opinion he should be carrying some other book, for example a book about surviving in the wild, but the most important book after the nuclear apocalypse is certainly not the bible, it should be a book on physics, or biology or for that matter any other science book. Leave the bible out and this is a phenomenal movie, I really do not like the propaganda of religion and this movie would be great without it(purely personal opinion). Although it is certainly conceivable that the bible is considered the most important book after the destruction, it`s just that I do not like it 😀 This can be argued in many ways, and basically there are two paths, a path of reason(without hope or some reasonable hope :D) and path of hope(without reason – religion), so far as a human kind we have not figured out a path that combines them. As for the blindness thing goes, at the end I dismissed it as impossible, but I did not see the movie twice, which I am certainly going to do. It felt to me that it is impossible for him to be blind and do all the stuff that he did. But this is the replay value catch and a great one that directors used carefully for that wow effect…I am glad that we agree on the Kunis thing, she is cute but the part sucks…
    Thank you for the comment, I really liked it, keeps me on guard and helps with the writing…

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